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Evidence of English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must present satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, our institution code is 6866) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A). For admission requirements, the University of Arkansas defines a satisfactory score as:

  • 550 (paper-based TOEFL) / 79 (internet-based TOEFL) and above, or
  • 6.5 on the IELTS and above - You may give us your Test Report Form (TRF) number so that we may access your official IELTS score by submitting the IELTS Score Verification Form.
  • 58 on the PTE-A and above

The test must have been taken within two years immediately preceding the requested semester of admission and be valid at the time of enrollment. No other measures of English proficiency are accepted by the University of Arkansas for the purpose of gaining admission.

Graduate applicants who have completed requirements for a Master's degree from an accredited U.S. university are not required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score. However, if deemed appropriate, individual departments may require a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score or other verification of English proficiency.

Graduate students who wish to apply for a teaching assistantship must submit a score of 26 or higher on the speaking portion of the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 7 on the speaking portion of the IELTS or a 71 on the speaking portion of the PTE-A before any request for such an appointment will be considered. Students applying to a Ph.D. program in the Sam M. Walton College of Business must submit one of these tests at the time of admission.  Information concerning location, dates, and application materials may be obtained by connecting to:

  1. the TOEFL web site,
  2. the IELTS website, (IELTS is owned, developed and delivered through the partnership of the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations),
  3. or the Pearson Test of English Academic web site.

Intensive English Program

Applicants who meet the academic and financial requirements for admission into a degree program but who do not have the required English proficiency will be offered conditional admission to the University and admission to the Spring International Language Center (SILC) for intensive English language training. Intensive English classes at SILC focus on all language skills: grammar, reading, writing, and listening/speaking, in addition to special electives from which students can choose each term, such as TOEFL Preparation, Conversation, Vocabulary Building, Business English, and so on. Five nine-week terms are offered throughout the year to enable students to quickly complete their English study. For further information, you may contact:

Spring International Language Center

Uptown Campus West - UPTW
1001 East Sain
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas (AR) 72703
Telephone: 1-479-575-7600
Fax (501) 575-7673
e-mail: silc@uark.edu
web site: http://www.uark.edu/silc

TOEFL / IELTS / PTE-A Alternative for Graduate Applicants

If a conditionally admitted graduate student has spent at least one 9-week term enrolled in the Spring International Language Center, has reached level 6 with grades of a B or above and has the recommendation of the Director of Spring International, that student can proceed to full-time graduate enrollment upon Graduate School approval.

TOEFL / IELTS / PTE-A Alternative for Undergraduate Applicants

If a conditionally admitted undergraduate student has spent at least one 9-week term enrolled in the Spring International Language Center, has reached level 5 or 6 with a B average and has the recommendation of the Director of Spring International, that student can proceed to academic enrollment in the next available term.

Both graduate and undergraduate students recommended for admission by alternative or Committee petition must enroll in any EASL (English As aSecond Language) courses recommended/required.

Writing Score Requirements for UNDERGRADUATES

Non-native speakers of English that are admitted as undergraduates to the University of Arkansas are required to submit an acceptable score on one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL iBT Writing
  • TOEFL Test of Written English – TWE
  • International English Language Testing System – IELTS (writing)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic – PTE-A (writing)
  • UofA English Language Placement Test –ELPT (writing) – administered upon arrival during International Student Orientation

Students who score 28 or above on the TOEFL iBT (writing), 5 or above on the TWE, 6.5 or above on the IELTS (writing), 77 on the PTE-A, or 81 on the ELPT will not be required to take additional language instruction. Students with lower scores will be required to successfully complete one or more of the following courses as shown below or will be required to undergo evaluation for possible intensive language preparation. If students take two different tests, the highest score will determine the requirement. Students may not present scores earned more than two years previous to the time of application to the University.

English Language Writing Score Requirements for Undergraduates
PTE Academic TOEFL
iBT
Writing
TOEFL
TWE
IELTS
Writing
ELPT
Writing
EASL
Requirements
77 - 84 28 - 30 5.0 6.5 81 No Requirements
71 - 74 26 - 27 4.5 6.0 75 - 80 EASL0033 Reading and Writing II
53 - 68 20-25 3.5 - 4.0 5.0 - 5.5 65 - 74 EASL0023 Reading & Writing I and EASL0021 English Grammar
0 - 51 0 - 19 1.0 - 3.0 0 - 4.5 0 - 64 IEP Evaluation

This requirement is waived for students whose native language is English; have completed grades 10 thru 12 and graduated from an U.S. high school and have obtained an ACT English section score of 19 or above or a SAT I verbal score of 460.

There is a $15.00 charge for the ELPT which is given during New Student Orientation.

Writing Score Requirements for GRADUATE STUDENTS

Non-native speakers of English that are admitted as graduate students to the University of Arkansas are required to submit an acceptable score on one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL iBT Writing
  • International English Language Testing System – IELTS (writing)
  • Pearson Test of English–Academic – PTE–A (writing)
  • GRE Analytical Writing
  • GMAT Analytical Writing
  • UofA English Language Placement Test – ELPT (writing) – administered upon arrival during International Student Orientation

Level I students will not be required to take additional language instruction.
Level II students will be recommended to take additional language instruction.
Level III, IV, and V students will be required to successfully complete one or more of the courses as shown below or will be required to undergo evaluation for possible intensive language preparation. If students take two different tests, the highest score will determine the requirement. Students may not present scores earned more than two years previous to the time of application to the University.

English Language Writing Score Requirements for Graduate Students
  PTE Academic TOEFL
iBT
Writing
IELTS
Writing
GRE
Analytical Writing
GMAT
Analytical Writing
ELPT
Writing
EASL Requirements
LEVEL I 80 – 84 29 – 30 7.0 4.5 5.0 81 No Requirements
LEVEL II 71 – 77 26 – 28 6.0 – 6.5 4.0 4.5 75 – 80 RECOMMENDED: EASL 0033 Reading & Writing II (or ELAC 2033)
LEVEL III 62 – 68 23 – 25 5.5 3.5 4.0 70 – 74 EASL 0033 & EASL 0021 English Grammar or ELAC 2033 Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers & ELAC 0011 Writing Workshop: Grammar through Editing
LEVEL IV 53 – 59 20 – 22 5.0 3.0 3.5 65 – 69 Sem I: EASL 0023 (or ELAC 1023) & EASL 0021 (or ELAC 0011)
Sem II: EASL 0033 (or ELAC 2033)
LEVEL V 0 – 51 0 – 19 0 – 4.5 0 – 2.5 0 – 3.0 0 – 64 IEP Evaluation

This requirement is waived for students whose native language is English or who have obtained an U.S. bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution.

Graduate students applying for a Teaching Assistantship are required to submit speaking and writing scores.

There is a $15.00 charge for the ELPT which is given during New Student Orientation.

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